Activists

Introducing the experience, values, lessons, skills and advice of elder Atlantic Canadian women. Each one carries decades of work toward creating change in how society operates.

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  • Portrait of Ann Brennan

    Refusing to live by the "wife of" conservative attitudes towards rural women, Ann Brennan claimed her own goals and worked to revise national agricultural policies, break through political barriers to build cultural relationships amongst Canadians and the Irish (in Northern Ireland and Ireland), and respond to local community issues.

  • Portrait of Madeleine Gaudet

    Early training in workplace union skills transformed Madeleine Gaudet into a focused and persistent activist and public educator regarding all aspects of nurses' working conditions. Her presidency of the N.B. Nurses' Union and then her management of its labour relations office did not end her activism; today she maintains active advocacy for and leadership with seniors' issues.

  • Portrait of the activist

    Believing in the power of well-informed rural women to make social change in their communities, Elizabeth (Betty) Lacey used persistence and leadership skills to expand the educative work of the Women's Institutes, but she worries about the future with so much competition for women's community development work.

  • Portrait of the activist

    Photograph courtesy of Brian Townsend. Mary's Point in background.

    Mary Majka's decades of principled, passionate and successful activism for the protection of the natural and built environments and educating the public about their heritage has earned her many significant awards but she remains vigilant, for new threats and new opportunities abound.

  • Portrait of Angelina Martz

    Photograph courtesy of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, Saint John, NB.

    Sr. Angelina (Angie) Martz is known for her incisive public comments, especially in print media, on various matters of social justice near and far. Community development and social peace are inextricably linked, as Angie argues when she explains how societal dynamics work against better living conditions for those in need or act to waste or neglect precious natural resources.

  • Portrait of Carolyn McNulty

    The driving force behind establishing the widely respected Romero House Soup Kitchen in 1982, Carolyn continues as its Executive Director, keeping a warm and sustaining place for her valued clients but constantly seeking enough resources to meet their needs.

  • Portrait of Marian Perkins

    Marian Perkins' pioneering public education and advocacy regarding alcohol addiction and her work for the rights and better care of women inside and outside of the prison system called for skillful approaches to those in power.

  • Portrait of Sue Rickards

    Sue Rickards's advocacy work and provincial policy development regarding economically sustainable communities have reinforced her principle of paying very close attention to how the grassroots understand their lives and see solutions.

  • Portrait of Mary Lou Stirling

    Photograph courtesy of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

    Mary Lou's extensive work on provincial and national boards to address systemic discrimination against women was always guided by the question, "Is it fair?"